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Posted at 2:30 PM EST.
7:00 PM EST. The Tar Heels' work is nearly done. With just three games remaining and its dance card punched, we're not sure what could drive North Carolina to go all out tonight. Furthermore, it's senior night in Chapel Hill on Saturday, which is a big deal indeed, thus making this one a look-ahead spot for the visitor. Also, the Tar Heels close the season out at hated Duke so this one becomes more of an afterthought than anything else. It is precisely spots like this that result in so many upsets in this sport. If there is one night to breathe before the ACC and NCAA tournaments this is it. The Tar Heels have also been weary road travelers this season by going just 5-4 away from the Dean Smith Center with just a three-point average margin of victory.
Syracuse is still trying to build a resume worthy of NCAA Tournament consideration. The Orange have taken a step forward in many areas this season, including more road wins than last year, they've avoided inexcusable losses, and they've played a much tougher schedule which ranks 44th in the nation according to KenPom. Recent wins over Louisville and Miami last Saturday will help, but what the Orange need is a signature W over a top opponent. The #10 ranked Tar Heels fit the bill. Further motivating Syracuse should be its recent struggles against UNC, which include five straight losses, with four of those game decided by double-digits. The Orange are penciled in the First Four in CBS’s Bracketology so this squad is very much on the bubble. A win tonight could seal the deal for the Orange so they figure to be uber-focused and motivated here while we can’t say the same thing for the chalk. ‘Cuse outright is the call.
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#722 SYRACUSE +172 (Risking 2 units - To Win: 3.44)